Published: July 31, 2007
Series: Supernatural Companion Novels (1)
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Twenty years ago they lost their mother to a mysterious and demonic supernatural force. In the years after, their father, John, taught them about the paranormal evil that lives in the dark corners and on the back roads of America…and he taught them how to kill it.
Sam and Dean have hit New York City to check out a local rocker’s haunted house. But before they can figure out why a lovesick banshee in an ’80s heavy-metal T-shirt is wailing in the bedroom, a far more macabre crime catches their attention. Not far from the house, two university students were beaten to death by a strange assailant. A murder that’s bizarre even by New York City standards, it’s the latest in a line of killings that the brothers soon suspect are based on the creepy stories of legendary writer Edgar Allan Poe.
Their investigation leads them to the center of one of Poe’s horror classics, face-to-face with their most terrifying foe yet. And if Sam and Dean don’t rewrite the ending of this chilling tale, a grisly serial killer will end their lives forevermore.
As a super fan of the show Supernatural, I was eager to try the companion books and delve into the world of Sam and Dean yet again. What a major disappointment this was. Though the author claims to be a big fan of the show, I question the truth in that because he got the characterizations of both Sam and Dean completely and totally wrong.
Dean is a lovable, edgy kind of guy. He has a fiercely protective spirit, especially when it comes to his brother Sam, and is so clever and witty that I am constantly tickled by his hilarious shenanigans. In this book Dean was a mindless idiot who couldn’t navigate his way out of a paper bag. He spoke, or thought, constantly of music no one cared about. Seriously, the author had him listing names of songs and bands, several at a time, repeatedly throughout the book. Yes, Dean loves good old school music, but he is not this obnoxious about it.
And poor Sam’s character was nowhere near as compassionate and intelligent as he is in the show. The Sammy I have grown to love thinks on his feet, and in this book his logic and quick thinking were pretty much non-existent.
Also, the so called supernatural mysteries in this one was kind of a bust with no real resolution. It was boring and predictable and overall sucked. This book did not do the show or its fans justice at all. The only reason I am willing to try another companion book eventually is because some were written by different authors. I can only hope they have done a much better job in representing Sam and Dean Winchester.
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